We are excited and proud to bring you the Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies 2018. This year, on the topic of “Accessibility”, we bring you 68 Practices and 15 Policies from all around the world, which remove barriers for persons with disabilities. Each year it becomes harder and harder for us and our global network of experts to select the most innovative projects that help persons with disabilities. Unfortunately so many incredible projects did not make this years’ final list, owing to the staggering quality and sheer volume of nominations. It’s deeply encouraging to know that so many amazing projects are going on every single day and we are honoured to welcome these organisations to the 2018 Conference in February. Visit the Practices and Policies pages of the Zero Project website to see each project in detail.
A massive congratulations to:
Access Earth Access Israel Accessibility Organization for Afghan Disabled Action on Disability Rights and Development (ADRAD) AlManarah Library AMAC / MOOC APA TopEasy APSA & Tempe AXS Map BarrierBreak – NewzHook Beit Issie Shapiro – Friendship Park Central Bank of Ireland City of Oslo Corporacion Ciudad Accesible (CCA) CSF Global – Development Centres Department of Transport, South Africa Enable India – Namma Vaani EUKOBA Europe Without Barriers European Parliament and Euopean Commission European Union and U.S. Access Board Exceptional Lives, Inc. FENASCOL – “Centro de Relevo” FKM BKA in Aceh Fundación ONCE International Contemporary Art Biennale Fundacion Prodis Gala Promter – GalaPro Gallaudet University Government of the Emirate of Dubai HearColors Helm Inklusion muss laut sein Institute for Disabilities Research and Training International Committee of the Red Cross MoveAbility Foundation International Telecommunication Union and Wayfindr Jaipur Foot Organization – BMVSS JKJ SRL and Associazione Disabili Visivi Onlus Karuna Foundation – Inspire2Care Lazarillo Tec SPA MagikMe Mary Free Bed YMCA Microsoft Inc. – Office 365 Migdal Or Ministry of Information and Communications Technology of Colombia Mirairo Inc Bmaps Mobile & Wireless Forum – GARI Mobility Mojo Mopius – MenuSpeak Municipality of Grenoble Museum of Modern Art NOWPDP Open Doors Organization -Open Taxis Orcam MyEye ÖZIV – Barrier Check PADM – Wheelog! Pedius PIKSL Laboratories and E.ON Planet Abled Plena Inclusión, Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Asturias and the Government of the Principality of Asturias Poses Family Foundation – Understood.org Province of Ontario Salzburg Museum Saraki Foundation and USAID Scandic Hotels Société Logique South America For All Stay Up Late – Gig Buddies Sub-County of Nabbale, Uganda Suryakanti Foundation Centre Telemark’s County Council, County Governor, Road Administration and Trekking Association The Asian SignBank The Balkan Museum Access Group The Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union and ENAT The Right to Be Heard UniCredit Bank Austria UNWTO, Fundación ONCE and ISO US Department of State Uva Provincial Council, Sri Lanka Visit Flanders World Access for the Blind World Blind Union and World Intellectial Property Organization Young Africa Young Guru Academy
Our amazing network have the patience and discipline of saints. After submitting applications back in June and going through a rigorous multi-stage analysis and voting process, they were finally told if they were successful back in October. And then their reward was to stay quiet about it for the next three months! But the wait is almost over – Tomorrow we can finally announce the awardees that we are so proud and humbled to call Zero Project Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies 2018. We cannot wait to hear more from all these incredible projects which you will be able to read about on the website from tomorrow. And if you can’t wait – Check out the picture above. How many can you guess?
Has it been a year already!? There is just one month to go until the 2018 Zero Project Conference and behind the scenes it is a hive of activity! There is so much to share with you over the coming weeks. We will be releasing some of the great names who will be presenting at the conference – There are some experienced favourites and also plenty of exciting new blood! We will also begin to get into depth with some of the 2018 awardee projects as we share life stories of those who are benefitting every day from these inspirational projects. Finally, we will tell you how you can follow along and not miss a moment of the action through our conference live stream and social media. Keep up to date with the latest by going to the Conference page using the hashtag across Facebook and Twitter #ZeroCon18!
Next week we will finally be able to share with you the Zero Project Innovative Practices and Policies for 2018!
This year has been record breaking for many reasons – The highest number of nominations ever, the biggest and widest network of experts ever to vote, and the largest number of countries ever to be involved in the process. All this amazing effort from our friends, partners and our own modest team in Vienna has culminated in a list of 93 exceptional practices and policies.
We’re very excited to share these incredible, inspiring projects with you which span the length and breadth of the globe. From making it easier to get out and about in the Norwegian countryside, to accessing rehabilitation in Togo, and from hopping in a 24/7, 365 accessible taxi in the United States to planning accessible disaster evacuation strategies in Indonesia. Yes, this is indeed a tiny teaser of the projects we’re so proud to share with you, that aim to make the world just that little bit more accessible.
By Tom Butcher, Zero Project representative in the U.S.
The Zero Project was recently asked by Maria Martinho (Secretariat for the CRPD/DSPD/UNDESA) to present at the 5th Expert Group Meeting on Monitoring and Evaluation for Disability-Inclusive Development at the UN in New York. As our representative here, I attended the meeting which took place at the headquarters of UNESCO over two days on December 13th and 14th.
The primary purpose of the meeting was to review the work conducted to date on, and what further needed to be accomplished for, the 2018 UN flagship report on disability and development to be published by its deadline later in 2018. To this end, in a series of sessions, experts presented the inputs received for specific sections of the report (each relating to either one SDG goal or a combination of such goals). These included, for example, the goals covering inclusive and accessible cities/human settlement (SDG 11), poverty and hunger (SDGs 1 and 2) and gender equality and empowerment of women with disabilities (SDG 5).
On the second day of the meeting, following these individual sessions, we, along with two other experts, were asked to make presentations on our “ongoing work on disability”.
Tom Butcher with Maria Martinho at the UN DESA Conference December 2017
The first two presentations came from Nancy Bolt of the International Federation of Library Associations, who talked about international library policies and procedures for people with disabilities and the SDGs, and Willetta Waisath from the WORLD Policy Analysis Center at UCLA, who talked about building and using global law and policy data to monitor and advance rights and opportunities for persons with disabilities.
I, then, gave a very brief presentation about our work, in general, covering social indicators and innovative policies and, much more specifically, about what we had discovered to be the important elements that had contributed to the success of the 11 innovative policies selected for inclusion in the 2017 Zero Project Report on Employment.
The two days were both most interesting and constructive, and it was an honour for us to be included in such august company. One of the most enjoyable aspects of my time at the UN was both catching up with so many of our old friends who were there and introducing our work to people who had never heard of us.
Thank you, Maria!
The Institut für Inklusive Bildung (Institute for Inclusive Education) has won the Special Prize for Social Entrepreneurship at the 2017 KfW awards in Germany. The award ceremony took place at Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin, where The Institute was awarded for their work on training persons with disabilities as education specialists in Universities. This is the same project that was awarded as a 2017 Zero Project Innovative Practice on Education. We want to say a massive congratulations for winning this great award and hope to continue hearing more about their successes in the future!
You can read more about their award by visiting the KfW website.
It may only be October, but it already feels like the Zero Project Conference is bearing down on us! We are well underway with preparations and are very excited with the sessions that are in the pipeline. However as always, we only provide the stage, but it is YOU that provides the innovation, the fun, the excitement!
We are considering ways that all participants can collaborate to create a memorable piece of art – An interactive, accessible project that everyone can contribute to at the conference. And we need your help! If you or your organisation currently has expertise and knowledge in exciting accessible artistic creations we want to hear from you! We want to hear of projects and programmes that include persons with different disabilities to create something unique and memorable.
Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can contribute ideas, or if you know any organisations that could contribute to this venture.
It is less than 4 months until the Zero Project Conference 2018! Amongst the many exciting sessions in development, we are planning a session to showcase an “accessible village”. We will bring together around 10 to 15 projects such as accessible banks, parks, public buildings, hotels and more, that we want to present as a virtual accessible village.
And this is where we need your help! We plan to showcase the village through a visualisation, involving graphics, sound and accessible features and we are looking for people or organizations who could provide these features. It could be in the form of a virtual video-game style navigation through the village, or involve presentation of the village through 3-D computer graphics. So please get thinking and get in touch!
Please contact us at email@example.com if you can provide us some ideas, your services, or if you can put us in touch with someone who can!
We have had the pleasure of working with one of Austria’s leading daily newspapers “Die Presse“, in publishing a supplement detailing 43 successful models of employment for persons with disabilities. The article was circulated in the nationwide newspaper and features a selection of practices from previous years of our research, plus some 2017 Zero Project awardees and even some nominations for 2018!
You can download the supplement by visiting the home page of the Zero Project website and clicking on the Die Presse link, or by clicking HERE.
The publication is only available in German, but if like me you need to brush up on your Deutsch then this may be a good opportunity!